Whatever it is we dream to become in life, we owe it to ourselves to feel, live and breathe that dream every moment of every day.
Southern hospitality meets urban chic when it comes to model/actor/humanitarian Gemini Montiea Wadley. Possessing a sound combination of enigmatic congeniality and intrinsic spirituality, Gemini is determined to share his love for life with others and is intent on making his presence felt in the entertainment industry. Having come of age in housing projects in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Gemini knows firsthand the importance of determination and perseverance in achieving both personal and career goals.
While Gemini’s passion for modeling and the performing arts was actualized in fifth grade when a teacher perceived his talents and encouraged him to audition for a performing arts middle and high school, it was growing up poor in extenuating family circumstances that led to his development of a strong sense of self, as well as a strong will to succeed and share his story with others through motivational speaking. Gemini maintained high grades and worked several part-time jobs to support himself and his family while being an active member of his high school’s modeling club. In 1999, he continued to exemplify his passion for the arts by accepting a scholarship to the nation’s premier visual, media, performing and communication arts college – Columbia College Chicago - and journeyed from Chattanooga to the heart of the Windy City, where he still resides.
IN THE MOMENT
When Gemini is not on the runway for Chicago-based projects including Oui Wee Designs, Fusion of Fashion and Talent and Diesel Clothing Store, in front of the camera for print advertisements with Miller Genuine Draft and Magnum Photos or on stage with the Black Ensemble Theater, he works as an admissions counselor at his alma mater – Columbia College Chicago - where he graduated from in 2003 with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing Communications and a minor in Theatre.
Gemini utilizes his marketing skills on a daily basis by informing perspective students and parents about Columbia and by helping familiarize them with the entire college admissions process. His work with the college also affords him the opportunity to travel to New York, as well as back to his hometown of Chattanooga, to share his knowledge of an educational institution he reveres.
Gemini, an avid jogger and chess player, also volunteers with Chicago Cares – a comprehensive organization that seeks to improve the city through community service – and enjoys drawing up floor plans and participating in motivational speaking engagements.
SPEAK OF VISION
In the midst of the family hardships and personal struggles that he faced during his formative years, Gemini made a conscious decision to embrace and attempt to conquer any challenges set before him. He recognized the significance of taking advantage of pertinent resources (people, books, the internet, maps), as well the importance of utilizing self-love as a means of empowering himself and improving his condition, which ultimately facilitated his desire to share life lessons with others through motivational speaking.
“It’s all about self-love. When you love yourself, you’re just good to others naturally,” says the self-described “lover of life,” who began garnering motivational speaking experience at Columbia College Chicago by offering words of inspiration and encouragement to thousands of students as a student ambassador and orientation leader. “I want young people to understand that if you’re doing what’s best for yourself, then all other things will fall into place,” says Gemini.
Seeing value and hidden beauty in life’s intricacies, Gemini wholly acknowledges the elaborate composition of the human experience and believes that balance and sharing are integral components in leading a fulfilling life. “There’s no way I can do what I do without the help of others,” says Gemini.
“We must give all we have so that we can receive all we need.” Gemini considers himself a spiritual person and is thankful to God for all of his blessings and grateful to everyone who has contributed to his sustenance and growth as a student, an employee, an actor, a performer, a model, a motivational speaker and most importantly, as a person.
KEEPING IT MOVING
In addition to working as an enthusiastic employee for Columbia College Chicago’s Office of Undergraduate Admission, Gemini plans to continue modeling, acting and acquiring additional motivation speaking experience.
Gemini also possesses a keen interest in real estate development and has hopes of returning to his hometown of Chattanooga, where he once lived in government housing projects, and fulfilling a lifelong goal of inventing and designing his own housing complex.
Signed as a model with Stewart Talent Chicago and Shirley Hamilton, Gemini has had his face and physique featured on print ads and runways:
Some of his notable works include:
Coors Light Beer (2008)
Spirit PCS (2008)
White Sawn Scrubs (2008)
Miller Beer (2006)
Getty Images (2006)
Jet Magazine (2003)
Magunm Photos (2003)
Diesel Clothing Store, Chicago
Geoffrey Beene, Chattanooga
Bass Clothing Store, Chicago
Oui Wee Designs, Chicago local designer
Fusion of Fashion Show, Chicago
Height: 5’11” Suit: 40r
Shirt: 16 33/34 Waist: 33
Inseam: 32 Shoe: 11.5